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  • Tony Blair to earn millions as climate change adviser

    05/26/2010 12:45:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies · 427+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | May 26, 2010 | Sri Carmichael
    Tony Blair is set to earn millions of pounds advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change. The former prime minister will be paid at least Ł700,000 a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla. The Californian company bankrolls businesses hoping to profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions. Mr Blair secured the job thanks to his “influence” and high level international contacts, whom he will be expected to lean on to open doors. He has told friends...
  • Fired While On Mission Impossible (Oliver North)

    05/25/2010 12:49:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 942+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2010 | Oliver North
    Dennis Blair is a bright, talented patriot. He will find other work. But Admiral Blair's departure -- fair or not --as director of National Intelligence, isn't going to fix the problem. There is a long tradition in the Navy that when a ship runs aground, the captain of the vessel is relived of command. It doesn't matter if it was someone else's fault, if the ship was driven ashore by foul weather or even if it was because the design was faulty -- the captain is fired. That's what happened to Admiral Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)...
  • Barack Obama overruled 'no-spying' pact with France

    05/24/2010 1:16:40 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 802+ views
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 24, 2010 | Henry Samuel
    Dennis Blair stepped down as America's director of national intelligence last Thursday after his call for undercover operations to be halted was ignored. The proposed pact was overruled by Mr Obama who had concerns that France could elect a future president who undermined America foreign policy. When Mr Blair resigned last week, his departure was attributed to the failure of the 16 government agencies he ran to prevent the failed Christmas Day terrorist plane bombing in Detroit. A Nigerian man managed to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with explosives hidden in his underwear despite warnings that he posed...
  • Dispute Over France a Factor in Intelligence Rift

    05/22/2010 12:46:15 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies · 485+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | Mark Mazzetti
    WASHINGTON — An already strained relationship between the White House and the departing spymaster Dennis C. Blair erupted earlier this year over Mr. Blair’s efforts to cement close intelligence ties to France and broker a pledge between the nations not to spy on each other, American government officials said Friday. The White House scuttled the plan, officials said, but not before President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had come to believe that a deal was in place. Officials said that Mr. Sarkozy was angered about the miscommunication, and that the episode had hurt ties between the United States and France at...
  • Clapper Wrong Man for Nation's Top Intel Post

    05/22/2010 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-22-10 | Bob McCarty
    Research tells me the nation is not going to be safer with James R. Clapper Jr. as DNI, because his track record is one of a bureaucrat, not a problem solver.
  • Obama Has "More Confidence" in Brennan?

    05/21/2010 9:49:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 548+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 20, 2010 | Michael Anton
    I’ve never been a huge fan of Admiral Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence—nor of the institution of DNI, for that matter. A fine naval officer, Blair seemed out of his milieu as DNI, often unaware of basic facts that someone in his position should know. Part the problem is inherent in the DNI concept—the conceit that some all-seeing super-bureaucrat could, simply by virtue of high rank, a big staff and an even bigger budget, fix all the problems with America’s intelligence community. But some of the problems resided with Blair himself. The Obama administration has come to...
  • US spy chief quits after intelligence failures (Intelligence Director-designate Dennis Blair)

    05/21/2010 2:43:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 528+ views
    US spy chief quits after intelligence failuresPosted: 21 May 2010 1657 hrs WASHINGTON: After a string of intelligence failures, US spy czar Dennis Blair announced his resignation, ending a 16-month tenure marred by rumblings of infighting in the US clandestine services. Blair, who announced on Thursday that he was quitting as director of national intelligence, will be the most high-profile figure yet to leave President Barack Obama's national security team. He faced heavy criticism after the attempt by an Al-Qaeda linked group to bring down a US airliner on December 25 and some of the 16 US intelligence agencies he...
  • Hoekstra: Resignation of Director of National Intelligence 'Is The Result of the Obama Adm...

    05/20/2010 6:24:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 1,004+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2010 | Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, says the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair “is the result of the Obama administration’s rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight.” ABC News reported today that President Barack Obama would be accepting Blair’s resignation tomorrow, and the Associated Press reported that the administration has already interviewed several candidates to replace him. Hoekstra, who formerly served as chairman of the intelligence committee, issued a written statement saying that Blair’s readiness to step down, considering his record of service...
  • Dennis Blair out as Director of National Intelligence

    05/20/2010 3:31:37 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 81 replies · 2,608+ views
    Politico ^ | May 20, 2010 | Politico
    BREAKING: President Obama will replace his Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, POLITICO has confirmed. "We expect Admiral Blair to offer his resignation tomorrow," an official said. "We have been interviewing several strong candidates to be his replacement. "
  • Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair*

    05/20/2010 3:30:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies · 1,296+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5-20-10 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News. For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair on a secure phone line about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News. Multiple administration sources tell ABC News that Blair’s tenure internally...
  • ANOTHER ONLINE "PAL" OF RUSTY'S FOUND GUILTY ON TERROR CHARGES

    05/12/2010 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 279+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | May 12, 2010 11:15 PM | By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D
    SNIPPET: "And thus ends the saga of "Shiekh Umar Rabie, Emir of al Qaeda in the UK". I haven't commented publicly on this for some time because I was involved in the case. I testified at Ishaq Kanmi's terrorism trial last year and was asked not to comment publicly, but now that he's plead guilty that commitment has passed. I don't think I'm giving away too much when I say that long before UK authorities had "The Blackburn Resistance " under surveillance, they were on our radar screens. Why? Because a year before the "Emir of al Qaeda in the...
  • Michael Barone: Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’ - The Left loses its way by abandoning the...

    05/03/2010 10:28:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 736+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 3, 2010 12:00 A.M. | Michael Barone
    Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’The Left loses its way by abandoning the “third way.”  Left parties are in trouble in the Anglosphere. Here in America, Democrats are doing worse in the polls today than at any time in the last 50 years. In Britain, the Labour party is on the brink of finishing third, behind both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, in the election next Thursday. All of which raises the question: What happened to the “third way” center-left movement that once seemed to sweep all before it? Only a dozen years ago, in 1998, President Clinton enjoyed...
  • London Papers: Tony Blair has Middle East Financial Interests

    03/19/2010 5:05:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 243+ views
    INN ^ | 3/19/10 | Rachel Sylvetsky
    (IsraelNN.com) The London Daily Telegraph and the London Daily Mail have published findings on former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Middle East financial interests as disclosed by the official UK government committee which vets former ministers’ business interests. The Daily Mail described Blair as waging an “extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq”, referring to the just revealed fact that Mr. Blair serves as advisor to a South Korean firm, UI Energy, since August 2008, and has made at least Ł20million since leaving Downing Blair had convinced the...
  • Blair's fight to keep his oil cash secret

    03/19/2010 5:01:48 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 2 replies · 309+ views
    Mail Online ^ | March 19th, 2010
    Blair's fight to keep his oil cash secret: Former PM's deals are revealed as his earnings since 2007 reach Ł20million Tony Blair waged an extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq. The former Prime Minister tried to keep the public in the dark over his dealings with South Korean oil firm UI Energy Corporation. Mr Blair - who has made at least Ł20million since leaving Downing Street in June 2007 - also went to great efforts to keep hidden a Ł1million deal advising the ruling royal family...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Blair courts controversial US pastor Rick Warren in bid to unite faiths.....

    03/16/2010 5:45:46 PM PDT · by TaraP · 6 replies · 316+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 14th, 2010
    Tony Blair is preparing to launch a "faith offensive" across the United States over the next year, after building up relationships with a network of influential religious leaders and faith organisations. With Afghanistan and Iraq casting a shadow over his popularity at home in Britain, Blair's focus has increasingly shifted across the Atlantic, to where the nexus of faith and power is immutable and he is feted like a rock star. According to the annual accounts of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a UK-based charity that promotes cohesion between the major faiths, the foundation is to develop a US arm...
  • British PM Brown: Iraq war 'right decision'

    03/05/2010 4:45:15 AM PST · by Clive · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Reuters via National Post ^ | 2010-03-05 | Michael Holden
    LONDON -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told an official inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq on Friday that going to war had been the right decision and that he had provided the necessary funding for military action. Mr. Brown, appearing just weeks before an election to discuss a war that still rankles with many Britons, said Iraq's failure to comply with United Nations resolutions justified war. But he distanced himself from concerns about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Mr. Brown...
  • The Worst of Intentions

    02/28/2010 7:02:29 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 10 replies · 580+ views
    New English Review ^ | February 28, 2010 A.D. | Christopher S. Carson
    Although it hardly made the American news, the Rt. Hon. Anthony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, was called to the hot seat in London in February, testifying before Britain’s Chilcot “Iraq Inquiry” in what was ubiquitously referred to as his “Day of Judgment.” It seemed the political and media classes in Great Britain expected him to beat his breast in biblical lamentation for his vile sin of deposing Saddam Hussein’s monstrous regime in 2003. Perhaps the media and political classes at least hoped to see him sweat, or even see him beg for forgiveness,...
  • Caption photos from yesterday's Blair Witch Project

    02/26/2010 5:13:12 AM PST · by Dewey Revoltnow · 26 replies · 1,301+ views
  • No Miranda warnings needed: Sen Risch tutors DNI Blair and FBI Dir Mueller

    02/04/2010 1:06:14 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 19 replies · 761+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 3, 2010 | Sen. Jim Risch
    Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) provided a tutorial on why Miranda warnings did not ever need to be provided to Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab. It took place on February 3, 2010, during testimony by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and FBI Director Robert Mueller before the Senate Intelligence Committee (2 minute 54 second video here.) Attorney General Eric Holder decided on Christmas Day to direct that Abdulmuttalab be read his rights. By doing so, he prevented the immediate gathering of further intelligence because Abdulmuttalab elected to remain silent and speak to a lawyer before answering further. Not reading...
  • Would Obama Administration Mirandize Osama Bin Laden?

    02/03/2010 5:26:52 PM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies · 282+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | February 3, 2010 | Steve McGough
    A bad sign of the times when a war is nothing more then a police action. That was the question put to President Obama’s director of national intelligence at a Senate hearing today. Dennis Blair simply refused to answer a simple question. They can’t answer the question, probably because the White House staff will need to “measure the political winds” if the subject ever comes up.
  • It's Official - Tony Blair A Murderer And A Liar - England Surrendering To Islam

    01/30/2010 5:08:13 PM PST · by JLWORK · 14 replies · 733+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | January 30, 2010 | John L. Work
    It’s official. Tony Blair (pictured above as Hitler in the British paper The Daily Mail), former Prime Minister of the once-great nation of the United Kingdom, has been branded a liar and a murderer by current Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Chilcot Inquiry, and by a British national press that has lost its collective senses. The leftist British government’s fear of Muslim mass violence as retaliation for resisting England’s ongoing Islamization is now greater than the fear of incremental surrender to the Forces of Islam, and what that surrender will eventually bring to the English people – Sharia. Blair testified eloquently...
  • Tony Blair Under Heavy Fire For Standing By The United States

    01/29/2010 5:01:49 PM PST · by JLWORK · 9 replies · 516+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | January 29, 2010 | John L. Work
    Information given to the police can be flawed, even from eye-witnesses. One night I went on a call to a domestic disturbance. My dispatcher asked the caller if there were any firearms in the home. The hysterical woman said there were none. At the door, an intoxicated male allowed me to come in, turned from me and quickly ran up the entry stairway. Halfway up the stairs, with no place of cover, I found myself staring down the muzzle of a double-barreled shotgun. As I drew my weapon to fire, he yelled at me to stop, lowered his weapon, broke...
  • Tony Blair Faces War Crimes Accusations - Are Obama And Holder Taking Aim At Bush/Cheney?

    01/27/2010 12:50:36 PM PST · by JLWORK · 20 replies · 869+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | January 27, 2010 | John L. Work
    A twisted drama is playing out in England. The Chilcot Inquiry into the legality or illegality of Britain’s entry into the Iraq War grows uglier by the day. The words “War Criminal” and “War Crimes” are being waved about by Members of Parliament, anti-war activists and British journalists, all directed at former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair is scheduled to take the witness stand on Friday. The International Criminal Court (ICC) always waits just across the English Channel in The Netherlands. Members of the Obama administration must certainly be following this Inquiry very closely, especially Attorney General Eric Holder’s Office....
  • How Abdulmutallab was questioned

    01/24/2010 10:24:57 PM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 36 replies · 2,434+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | Jan. 24, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON - For hours after allegedly trying to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to blow up a Christmas Day flight to Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab talked and talked — to U.S. Customs officers, medical personnel, and FBI agents. He spoke openly about what he'd done and why, and provided valuable intelligence, U.S. officials told The Associated Press in a series of interviews that spell out for the first time the details of Abdulmutallab's arrest and questioning on Dec. 25. Badly burned and bleeding, the suspect tried one last gambit as he was taken from the plane: He claimed...
  • Why we oughta ax these DC Stooges

    01/25/2010 3:58:08 AM PST · by Scanian · 7 replies · 862+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 25, 2010 | Andrea Peyser
    Wer're in trouble. The Three Stooges of the Apocalypse were sum moned to Washington to explain how a known al Qaeda-trained savage with murder on his mind and explosives in his underpants came a whisker's breadth from bringing down a plane over Detroit. And -- nyuk, nyuk, nyuk -- the doofuses and ski bunnies who are paid to keep you safe were left searching high and low for a morphine drip to ease the pain. I hope you love this one as much as I do. This is the word-for-word testimony of Director of National Intelligence Daniel Blair last Wednesday,...
  • Intel Chief's Comments Infuriate Obama Officials (Christmas Day Bomber)

    01/21/2010 7:26:25 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies · 1,043+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1/20/2010 | Michael Isikoff
    Obama administration officials were flabbergasted Wednesday when Director of National Intelligence Adm. Dennis Blair testified that an alleged Qaeda operative who tried to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day should have been questioned by a special interrogation unit that doesn't exist, rather than the FBI. One senior official described the comments by Blair—the U.S. government's top intelligence official—as misinformed on multiple levels and all the more damaging because they immediately fueled Republican criticism that the administration mishandled the Christmas Day incident in its treatment of the accused Qaeda operative as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant....
  • Bair's Puzzling WaMu (State sponsored bank robbery)

    01/21/2010 8:29:41 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 7 replies · 567+ views
    The Street ^ | 01/19/10 | Dan Freed
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairwoman Sheila Bair made special mention of Washington Mutual (WAMUQ.PK) in her opening statement before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission last week, and her comments bear close scrutiny for a couple of reasons. First, the mention of any company is interesting because regulators in general don't like to mention specific companies. In fact, not mentioning companies when speaking publicly seems to be a special trick of not only regulators, but investors, investment bankers, attorneys -- you name it. They must all take the same PR class. Lesson number one: Speak in generalities....
  • Intel Chief: Christmas Bomb Case Bungled

    01/20/2010 11:41:11 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 72 replies · 2,594+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/20/2010 | Ed Carson
    The Christmas airline bombing suspect should have been treated as a terror detainee and been questioned by special interrogators, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told a Senate panel Wednesday. Blair and other top officials said they were not consulted: Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that he was not consulted on whether (Umar Farouk) Abdulmutallab should be questioned by the recently created High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, or HIG. "That unit was created exactly for this purpose," Blair said. "We did not invoke the HIG in this case. We should have."
  • Intel chief: Detroit bomb case mishandled

    01/20/2010 11:09:54 AM PST · by Jonah Johansen · 240+ views
    MSNBC Online ^ | 1/20.2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence chief said Wednesday that the Christmas Day airline bombing suspect should have been treated as a terror suspect when the plane landed...... Under questioning by Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, Blair and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said they were not consulted before the decision was made to not use the high-value detainee interrogation group. Also, Michael Leiter, chief of the National Counter Terrorism Center, said he was not consulted..... "That is very troubling," Collins said.
  • 2 Guards Shot in Las Vegas Federal Building

    01/04/2010 9:03:58 AM PST · by TheDailyChange · 4 replies · 869+ views
    ABC News ^ | 01042010 | AP
    A deputy U.S. marshal says at least two federal marshals were shot and a gunman was apprehended after gunfire broke out in the lobby of a federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas.
  • Las Vegas Court Shooter Identified

    01/04/2010 5:04:54 PM PST · by WaterBoard · 33 replies · 1,836+ views
    Newser ^ | 4 Jan 2010 | KEN RITTER
    The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said 66-year-old Johnny Lee Wicks opened fire with a shotgun at a security checkpoint, touching off a running gunbattle with deputy U.S. marshals. .... In a handwritten lawsuit filed in March 2008, Wicks complained that his Social Security benefits were cut following his move and accused federal workers of discrimination because he is black. "This case from the start was about race," Wicks wrote in the seven-page complaint, which has occasional spelling and grammatical errors. "Lots of state worker(s) and agencies have...
  • Spy chief Blair faces scrutiny after incident--White House defends him in wake of botched attack

    12/31/2009 10:07:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 777+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 31, 2009 | Combined dispatches
    U.S. intelligence chief Dennis C. Blair faced tough questions about his future Wednesday as the Obama administration fended off criticism over the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. Publicly, the White House was standing by Mr. Blair, the United States' top spymaster, who is responsible for coordinating intelligence gathering among 16 agencies, saying the four-star admiral had the full confidence of the president. "This is not about one person or one agency," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. Also Wednesday, it was revealed that a similar effort, starting in Somalia, to down a jetliner was thwarted...
  • White House aims to calm intelligence agencies': report

    12/29/2009 3:58:56 PM PST · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 1,200+ views
    AFP ^ | 12-29-09
    The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency's direct authority over secret missions abroad, but also reminds the agency to work closely with Blair, who heads the US intelligence establishment, a US intelligence official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. According to the LA Times, Blair was seeking more control over missions that include drone strikes and paramilitary operations in Pakistan. Blair...
  • Tony Blair Says WMD Not The Only Reason For Iraq War, As Did Bush…..Both Were Right

    12/13/2009 11:04:47 AM PST · by Starman417 · 13 replies · 981+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-13-09 | Curt
    The title of that article above, from the LA Times, is titled: WMD Not Point Of Iraq War. Of course it wasn't. It was One of MANY reasons for that war, one of which....and the most important in my opinion...was Saddam's support of terrorists. After 9/11 we could not allow this tyrant to continue to support our enemies while thumbing his nose at the entire world for the previous 13 years. As the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Phase II investigation report on pre-war Iraq Intelligence stated: Conclusion 10: Statements in the major speeches analyzed, as well additional statements, regarding...
  • Removing Saddam was right, even without WMD - Blair

    12/13/2009 5:55:06 AM PST · by nuconvert · 17 replies · 1,029+ views
    BBC ^ | December 12, 2009
    It would have been right to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein even without evidence he had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Tony Blair has said. The former prime minister said it was the "notion" of Saddam as a threat to the region which tilted him in favour of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. But his words have attracted critics - among them Hans Blix, who was in charge of the UN team searching Iraq for WMD.
  • EU president: Tony Blair out of the running (Gordon Brown throws him under the bus)

    11/19/2009 10:23:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 514+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/19/2009
    Tony Blair was out of the running as Europe's first president on Thursday after Gordon Brown dropped the former Prime Minister as his candidate. The Prime Minister made the decision after accepting that Mr Blair had no chance of winning the new post. Instead, he was backing another Briton - Baroness Cathy Ashton, the EU trade commissioner - to become the EU's foreign affairs chief, his spokesman said. She had earlier won support from European Socialist parties for the foreign policy job, making her front-runner for the post, the second top job being allocated by EU leaders at a summit...
  • CIA Said to Have Won Turf Battle Against Intel Chief

    11/12/2009 10:22:30 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 749+ views
    ap ^ | November 12, 2009
    CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair squared off in May over Blair's effort to designate his own representative at U.S. embassies to be his personal eyes and ears abroad, instead of relying on CIA station chiefs. Two intelligence officials said Thursday that the CIA won a monthslong turf battle with the Office of National Intelligence, assuring the primacy of CIA station chiefs over other U.S. intelligence operations and personnel around the world. The territorial dispute was resolved only after it got all the way to the office of national security adviser Gen. James Jones. The CIA...
  • President Obama Signs Executive Order to Amend Executive Order 13462

    10/31/2009 2:49:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 24 replies · 2,111+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | October 29, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 29, 2009 President Obama Signs Executive Order to Amend Executive Order 13462 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary __________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 28, 2009 EXECUTIVE ORDER ---------------- AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13462 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Executive Order 13462 of February 29, 2008, is amended...
  • Former NY Times Reporter Jayson Blair to Address W&L Journalism Ethics Institute

    10/27/2009 11:31:22 AM PDT · by abb · 39 replies · 1,887+ views
    Rockbridge Weekly ^ | October | Staff
    Jayson Blair, who was at the center of a major journalism scandal as a New York Times reporter in 2003, will be the featured speaker at Washington and Lee University’s 48th Journalism Ethics Institute on Friday, Nov. 6. The title of Blair’s talk is “Lessons Learned.” The public is invited to the presentation at 5:30 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. Blair resigned from the Times after an investigation found that he had plagiarized and fabricated major portions of stories that he had written during four years with the Times. Some of the stories that he covered in this manner...
  • Tony Blair 'to be made EU president next month'

    10/22/2009 1:51:27 AM PDT · by bogusname · 9 replies · 1,092+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd October 2009 | James Chapman
    Tony Blair could be crowned first President of Europe at a special summit of EU leaders next month. Diplomatic sources say French President Nicolas Sarkozy is pushing for an extraordinary meeting in Brussels to install the former prime minister in the new Ł275,000-a-year post...
  • Rowan Williams attacks Government over Iraq war

    10/14/2009 5:04:49 PM PDT · by americanophile · 15 replies · 1,263+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 09 Oct 2009 | Neil Tweedie
    Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, mounted a direct attack on the Government over the invasion and occupation of Iraq when he used a national memorial service commemorating the servicemen killed in the conflict to accuse Tony Blair and his ministers of failing to “measure the price” of military action. Delivering his address in St Paul's Cathedral before a congregation including the Queen, Gordon Brown and Mr Blair himself, the spiritual head of the Church of England accused the former prime minister of indulging in rhetoric before the 2003 invasion, while leaving ordinary servicemen and women to pick up the...
  • President Blair ‘within weeks’

    10/04/2009 7:38:43 PM PDT · by TaraP · 59 replies · 3,174+ views
    TONY Blair is set to be made the first President of Europe in weeks, The Sun can reveal. He will be nominated by EU leaders in Brussels if, as expected, Ireland backs the hated Lisbon Treaty in tomorrow's referendum. A senior Government source said: "If we get a 'Yes' vote it will all move very, very quickly. Tony could be named by the end of October." The leaders of the EU's 27 nations, not the voters, will choose the president. Former PM Mr Blair would not formally take up the powerful position until all EU countries ratified the Treaty. Even...
  • President Blair ‘within weeks’ (1st President of EU)

    10/01/2009 8:02:02 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 22 replies · 1,593+ views
    UK Sun ^ | Oct 1, 2009 | GRAEME WILSON
    A senior Government source said: "If we get a 'Yes' vote it will all move very, very quickly. Tony could be named by the end of October." The leaders of the EU's 27 nations, not the voters, will choose the president.
  • 'President' Blair waits on voters of Ireland (First President of Europe)

    10/01/2009 6:47:18 PM PDT · by amoktime · 18 replies · 1,379+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | 10-2-09 | Francois Lenoir
    Tony Blair is in line to be proclaimed Europe’s first president within weeks if the Irish vote “yes” in today’s referendum. Senior British sources have told The Times that President Sarkozy has decided that Mr Blair is the best candidate and that Angela Merkel has softened her opposition. The former Prime Minister could be ushered into the European Union’s top post at a summit on October 29. Ms Merkel, the German Chancellor, was opposed to Mr Blair because she believed that the post should go to a country that had adopted the euro but British sources said that she may...
  • Granny told me not to marry a Catholic, Tony Blair tells paper

    09/14/2009 6:44:57 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    Guardian ^ | Monday 14 September 2009 | Tom Kington
    Tony Blair has revealed that after ignoring a stern warning from his great-grandmother about marrying a Catholic, he now finds his new-found faith has become the driving force in his life as he seeks to clear up the world's religious conflicts. Speaking to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily newspaper, Blair said today he considers Pope Benedict's belief that God is central to politics, society, economics and culture "brilliant". Weeks after a packed Catholic conference in Italy gave Blair an ovation for his words about the universality of Catholicism, the pope's newspaper was equally effusive, calling the convert "a gentleman, educated,...
  • End contraception ban: Britain's Cherie Blair

    09/01/2009 10:12:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 2,018+ views
    Cathnews ^ | September 1, 2009
    British human rights lawyer, Cherie Blair has called on the Church to reconsider its opposition to artificial contraception because it may be holding back women's careers. Ms Blair is wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. She told an audience at Edinburgh International Book Festival she believed the church should be "more positive" about permitting women to use artificial birth control as a means of regulating their fertility, UK's The Herald reports. A devout Catholic who encouraged her husband, Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, to convert from Anglicanism after he left office in 2007, Mrs Blair has previously...
  • Ex (NYT) reporter Jayson Blair now working as life coach (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/20/2009 4:36:18 AM PDT · by abb · 50 replies · 2,918+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2009 | Matthew Barakat
    Jayson Blair knows his new profession — life coach — smacks some people in the face like a bad punchline. "People say, 'Wait a minute. You're a life coach?' That makes no sense,'" says Blair, the ex-journalist best known for foisting plagiarism and fabrications into the pages of The New York Times. "Then they think about my life experiences and what I've been through and they say 'Wait a minute. It does make sense.'" Blair, 33, resigned from the Times in 2003, leaving a journalistic scandal in his wake. The resulting furor led the paper's top two newsroom executives to...
  • Tony Blair to testify at latest Iraq Inquiry (UK)

    07/30/2009 6:54:35 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 568+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-30-09 | Scott Malensek
    LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be asked to testify to a panel investigating the Iraq war, the head of the inquiry said Thursday. Former civil servant John Chilcot said the inquiry, set up by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, would look at British involvement in the war, covering the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July this year. "The people we invite to give evidence will be those we judge ... are best placed to supply the information we need to conduct our task thoroughly," the inquiry chairman told a news conference....
  • Amazon Erases Orwell Books From Kindle

    07/21/2009 11:54:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies · 4,187+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2009 | BRAD STONE
    In George Orwell’s “1984,” government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down an incineration chute called the “memory hole.” On Friday, it was “1984” and another Orwell book, “Animal Farm,” that were dropped down the memory hole — by Amazon.com. In a move that angered customers and generated waves of online pique, Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them. An Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener, said in an e-mail message that the books were added to the Kindle store by a...